Wednesday evening, Louisville lost a great community leader -- and I lost a great friend -- when Metro Council President Jim King passed away after a prolonged illness.

Jim was one of the smartest people we had in city government, and his was a sane and comforting voice on the Metro Council. That's why he kept getting elected President for so many terms. Jim was also one of probably four or five people who were critical in getting the Yum! Center built. Unlike so many others, he had a complete understanding of how money worked and the critical role Tax Increment Funding districts and bonds played in the equation.

Aside from the public role he played, you might not know what a brilliant sense of humor Jim had. He and I had to stop sitting together at Kentucky Derby Festival Board meetings because he would get us laughing so hard we would disrupt the meeting. He was also a great father and grandfather, and his love for those closest to him knew no limits.

This city will miss Jim King's wisdom and leadership. And I'll certainly miss his friendship.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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